Restaurateur dies in California

Former resident, Big Tuna co-owner suspected homicide victim

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— Former Routt County resident and hog farmer Jacob "J.P." Lipson, 51, died March 14 in California in a suspected homicide. Beverly Hills police have arrested his wife on suspicion of killing him.

Lipson was raised in Steamboat Springs and later lived in South Routt, where he co-owned the former Big Tuna's restaurant in Oak Creek alongside Karrie and Mark Littman, Bonfiglio Drug owner David Bonfiglio said. Big Tuna's opened in 1991, when the only other restaurants in Oak Creek were Dinty Moore's Pizza and Chelsea's.

The Beverly Hills Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at Lipson's home in the early morning of March 14, according to a press release. Lipson was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

Lipson's wife, 30-year-old Eleonora Igova, was arrested nearby and charged with his murder, Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said. Igova is being held in California on $1 million bail.

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